There is a wealth of evidence that breastmilk and breastfeeding reduces the risk of babies developing infectious diseases.
Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed directly whenever possible and maximise the amount of breastmilk they are able to provide.
At present, there is no evidence that Covid-19 is transmitted through breastmilk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone else.
- Wash their hands before touching the baby, breast pump or bottles.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing on the baby while feeding at the breast, by cup, syringe, tube or bottle.
- Wipe the breast pump with antibacterial wipes before and after they use it.
- Clean all pumping and feeding equipment thoroughly with warm soapy water and dry with clean paper towel. Store pump kits in a sealed box with a lid.
- Clean bottles for formula with warm soapy water, rinse and then sterilise between feeds.
- Express, label and store breastmilk in the fridge provided. Ask your midwife for guidance.
Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
RSV and Infant Feeding
RSV / Bronchiolitis is predicted to increase dramatically this coming autumn and winter. Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illness and mothers generate antibodies within 2 hours of exposure to a pathogen to protect their infant with every drop of breastmilk. Breastfeed your baby responsively and keep your baby close to help protect your baby. If your baby does get RSV / Bronchiolitis this leaflet provides feeding guidance until your baby feels better.
Infant Feeding Workshop and Feeding Support
Antenatal and postnatal feeding education from 34 weeks gestation to 6 weeks post birth every Friday 12.30 - 3pm at St John’s Church, Egham, Manor Farm Lane, TW20 9HR.
No need to book but if you would prefer to join via weblink please email the infant feeding team: .
Practical and Peer Feeding Support
- ANTENATAL - Discussions and education. Collect syringes and receive practical support with collecting/ storing colostrum from 36 weeks gestation.
- POSTNATAL - Practical support from trained infant feeding specialists. Peer support from other new parents whatever your feeding choice.
|Mondays:||10.30 - 12.30||Revive Coffee Shop, CHERTSEY 99 Guildford Street KT16 9AS (join Little Lights Facebook page for tickets)|
|Tuesdays:||12.30 - 14.30||Moorcroft Community Centre WOKING Old School Place GU22 9LY (drop in)|
|Wednesdays:||11.00 - 15.00||Weybridge Maternity Hub WEYBRIDGE Churchfield Pavilion, Churchfield Rd KT13 8BZ (appointment only)|
|Thursdays:||12.30 - 14.30||Ashford Maternity Hub ASHFORD Ashford Hospital, London Road TW15 3AA (drop in)|
|Fridays:||12.00 - 14.00||St John’s Church EGHAM Manor Farm Lane TW20 9HR (drop in)|
|Fridays:||09.00 - 17.00||Tongue Tie Clinic ST PETER’S HOSPITAL (appointment only)|
Come along from 36 weeks gestation for syringes and practical support with collecting colostrum antenatally.
Come along with your baby for postnatal feeding support and to meet other new parents.
Please note numbers are limited to 15 people and face masks must be worn at all times.
Feeding Support Videos
- Hand expressing: How to Express Breastmilk
- Breastfeeding positioning and attachment: Attaching Your Baby at the Breast
- Feeding small or vulnerable babies: Breastfeeding Your Small Baby
- Trouble shooting breastfeeding problems
- Paced responsive bottle feeding